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Precision Production Trades:
Graphics/Printing Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Students prepare to apply technical knowledge and skills to plan, prepare, and execute commercial and industrial visual images and print products, using mechanical, electronic, and digital graphic and printing equipment. This course is based on the National Printing Association (PIA) task list.

You Will Learn
  • Safety.
  • Measurements.
  • Art and copy preparation.
  • Electronic imaging.
  • Reproduction photography.
  • Image assembly/platemaking.
  • Basic offset press.
  • Bindery.
  • Silk screen.
  • Type and typography.
  • Page Layout.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Precision Production Trades: Graphics/Printing - PDF

Student Leadership Organization
SkillsUSA is the student leadership organization for Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. The organization builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Graphic Designer
  • Graphics/Printing Teacher
  • Printing Machine Operator
Workforce Trends
Working conditions in paper and printing manufacturing plants have become less hazardous as the industry has become more automated. Companies now use fewer chemicals and solutions resulting in fewer equipment-related accidents.

A printing machine operator is a nontraditional occupation for women. In 2007, 17.2 percent of the people employed in this occupation were women.

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